You’ve done it! You’ve lost the weight, either from surgery or an intense weight loss plan, you’ve become physically active, and you’ve invested in a whole new wardrobe. And now, you quite literally don’t fit in your own skin. When considering bariatric surgery, many patients are now aware that plastic surgery afterwards may be desirous to remove extra skin from their arms or abdomen. What many are less aware of is that the same problems of excess skin can occur in the face and neck. Correcting these facial issues after major weight loss can require as much special attention as re-contouring the body after such a drastic change.
After major weight loss, the skin often hangs loose on the face instead of stretching over it, having lost its tone, elasticity and texture. “My patients have taken the most difficult, first step to health and self-esteem,” Dr. Bassichis says, “I am here to help them complete their amazing transformations.”
After ensuring the patient is both mentally and physically able to accomplish further surgery, Dr. Bassichis will evaluate the skin and underlying foundation of the face. The two aesthetic issues that often need to be addressed are the excess skin and loss of facial volume. “Paradoxically,” reflects Dr. Bassichis, “the body looks better when it has less volume but, the face looks better when it has more volume.” The excess skin is addressed first, usually with a facelift or necklift, which can be combined with other procedures such as a brow lift or blepharoplasty, depending on the individuals needs. Following this, Dr. Bassichis can address the issue of volume restoration in the face with FDA Approved facial fillers and/or fat transfer.
With the significant health achievement of profound weight loss already accomplished, Dr. Bassichis feels privileged to help patients rejuvenate their faces. “Helping my weight loss and bariatric patients reveal their best facial image, has an amazing effect on their self- image,” Dr. Bassichis expresses, “it is thrilling for me and my staff to watch our patients emerge feeling self-confidant and radiant as we unveil their beauty within.” Facial rejuvenation in this setting can be a psychological and emotional experience, as patients look in the mirror and are reunited with a version of themselves they haven’t seen in a long time.
Dr. Michelle Bassichis
Benjamin Bassichis MD FACS is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon in Dallas, Texas specializing exclusively in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures of the face. To learn more about Dr. Bassichis’ plastic surgery procedures please call (972) 774-1777 to schedule your consultation. www.advancedfacialplastic.com